Strict Measures To Curb Water Wastage

Ethekwini Municipality has installed over 47000 water restricting devices across the City and thousands more will soon be fitted in all areas supplied by the Midmar and Albert Falls Dams. Various municipalities across KwaZulu-Natal have also had to implement water restrictions, as the drought tightens its grip. The water restricting devices currently being installed by the City are designed to reduce flows to the consumer and allow the extensive network of water mains to refill sooner after a planned water shutdown of the area.

Municipal teams on site installing the water restrictors comprise of Municipal plumbers and contractors. They have identification cards confirming their affiliation with the Municipality. Repair teams sweep the area after installation of water restrictors to ensure that leaks are attended to and that the work is of high standard. Ashan Nandlal, the Municipality’s Senior Manager for Water Network, said the implementation of water restrictors are aimed at reducing the lag-time that consumers in higher lying areas would have to endure without water as planned water cuts are about to be rolled out. “Notices are delivered to each property informing them of the installation of the water restrictors.

Consumers found tampering with the water restrictors will be addressed individually and appropriately in terms of the Water by-laws,” said Nandlal. Council recently ruled that any consumer found not to be in compliance with the water restrictions following a written warning, will be issued a fine in accordance with Clause 11 (1)(b) of the eThekwini Water By-laws, which is R 500 for domestic consumers and R 10 000 for large businesses. Nandlal said complaints from consumers have been minimal as water restrictors have been installed throughout the Tongaat, Verulam, La Mercy, Westbrook and Umdloti areas.

These areas are supplied from the Hazelmere Dam System. “Many consumers have requested that they would prefer this to be a permanent feature, as it has helped to reduce their water consumption and water bill,” Nandlal added. The City has a number of programmes in place to combat the drought that has gripped KwaZulu-Natal since 2014. The City’s Executive Committee on 26 January 2016 also approved a report outlining the City’s emergency drought relief plan. The report outlines resources needed to assist in supplying water to drought affected areas as well as improve the response time to complaints of water leaks and burst pipes. The City urges all residents to continue using water sparingly and also report water leaks and bursts to the 24 hour contact centre on 080 1313 013.

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